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Poppin’ Poblano Pepper
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While poblanos tend to have a mild flavor, occasionally and unpredictably they can have significant heat. Different peppers from the same plant have been reported to vary substantially in heat intensity. The ripened red poblano is significantly hotter and more flavorful than the less ripe, green poblano. An immature poblano is dark purplish green in color, but the mature fruits eventually turn a red so dark as to be nearly black.
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Poblano, Bacon and Cheddar Skillet Cornbread
- 3 fresh poblano chile peppers
- 6 to 8 slices center-cut bacon (about 4 ounces total)
- 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 4 large eggs, well beaten
- 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 cups fresh or frozen/defrosted corn kernels
Place the poblanos directly on a gas burner over medium-high heat. Cook, turning them as needed, for 10 to 15 minutes or until they are charred all over. (Alternatively, position an oven rack 4 inches from the broiling element and preheat the broiler. Arrange the poblanos on a piece of aluminum foil and place on the rack to broil for 10 to 15 minutes; turn frequently until charred all over.)
Transfer the poblanos to a zip-top bag and seal, or place in a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. When they are cool enough to handle, discard the blackened skin, stem, ribs, and seeds, then dice the remaining flesh. (It is easier to remove the skin under running water, but some cooks say that washes away flavor.) Cut the flesh into small dice; the yield is a packed 3/4 cup.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a plate with a few layers of paper towels.
Heat a 9- or 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy. Transfer the bacon to the lined plate to drain. Turn off the heat, leaving the fat in the skillet.
Combine the cornmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and black pepper in a mixing bowl.
Whisk together the milk, cream, and eggs in a large liquid measuring cup, then stir into the cornmeal mixture until just incorporated. Add the diced poblano, the cheese, and corn. Crumble the bacon over the bowl. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of the rendered bacon fat from the skillet into the batter, stirring gently to incorporate.
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Preparation methods include: dried, coated in whipped egg and fried, stuffed, or in mole sauces. It is also usually used in the widely found dish chili relleno. Poblanos are popular in the United States and can be found in grocery stores throughout the country.
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